By: Diane Benjamin
Citizens were spared from a long line of people wanting the City to fork over your money. Most of public comment was emailed, those were forwarded to the Aldermen but not read out loud. One of the comments was called in, the form aid would take is never mentioned. Stan Nord also called in. He listed many ways that Bloomington has been moving to save tax dollars and make government more efficient. He called them a model for all local governments. He also congratulated Bloomington for sharing responsibility during this time instead of issuing executive orders. Hear Stan at 6:50
In Normal citizens would not have been able to make comments like Stan’s since the illegal public comment policy still stands. One has to wonder why the Attorney General’s office hasn’t ruled and why Chris Koos and Pam Reece refuse to comply with the law when they know the policy is illegal. Why is the majority of the Council not demanding a legal policy? Tyranny because they can? Elections next year, voters can send them a message.
Most of the meeting was uneventful. During discussion of approving curbside pickup for packaged liquor at clubs, Jenn Carrillo asked why smoke shops are not allowed curb side delivery.
Jeff Jurgens stated they were not deemed an essential business by the Governor and therefore can not be open. Jenn probably doesn’t agree since she was vaping during much of the meeting. “Clubs” can now do curbside delivery of alcohol.
During City Manager comments Tim Gleason thanked this Council and previous Council for putting the City in a good position. Yes, the City is in a good position Tim, over taxing citizens to achieve huge surpluses does that. If Bloomington wants to help the struggling citizens it’s the perfect time to cut taxes.
One thing to note about Bloomington. City policies during this pandemic are much less confrontational than Normal. Listen to Tim Gleason talking about the parks. 55:00
Bloomington hasn’t removed the basketball hoops like other cities have. Koos’ Executive Order in Normal authorized police to use criminal charges for anyone not staying at home. Bloomington is only asking for a limited number of players – maybe play Horse instead of 5 on 5.
Joni Painter had the best speech of the night. See 1:04:30. She wants the names and contact information for people who need help forwarded to the Council so they can be directed to assistance. She stated organizations already exist for that purpose. Obviously she was responding to the bullies demanding City money for non-specific reasons.
The Council used Zoom for the meeting, it was much better than the phone system used previously. The video of meetings prior to COVID didn’t catch the reactions of members since the camera wasn’t pointed at them. Seeing all members at once was enlightening.